Structured Training Program Helps Diabetics Keep Blood Sugar in Control
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"It was very intense," she says about the program, "... but it worked for me because now I know when I'm going into a low [blood sugar state] by reactions my body is giving me now. ... I always talk about to people that I meet [with diabetes] who have had some bouts with 911 calls because this might help them learn about themselves before they get to that 911 call [state]. ... There was so much information in the program that I never knew [even] after having diabetes for such a long time."
Endocrinologist Philip A. Levin, MD, director of The Diabetes Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Md., says the difference between this and other training programs for handling diabetes is that it is far more organized and structured. More and more data like this study is emerging to demonstrate that such a structured program does help people control their blood sugar.
"For a person to just assume that they can [test their blood sugar] a few times, get it right, and assume they have a handle on their own body's awareness of blood sugar changes, could be misleading and a little dangerous" he says. "If you're going to [determine your blood sugar level based on your body's subtle cues], you need to take a continuous program over a number of weeks or months where you get feedback in order to get a good feel for how often you're right and how often you're not right."